|Grandpa Wiebenga and my sister Doris on our front step.|
The great lesson he taught me was a hard lesson, but he taught it well and I’ll never forget it. It was my birthday and I was sitting on his lap. He asked me what I wanted for my birthday and being a polite child, I said “nothing”. He pulled out a beautiful birthstone ring and said “Oh, I got this for you, but since you don’t want it, I will take it back.” And he did. It hurt, but I learned if you want something then ask for it. I did later in life go out and buy myself a birthstone ring because I really wanted it and as a reminder of the lesson. The lesson is how are people to know what you want if you don’t ask for it? I love and miss you grandpa even after 50 years.
Another lesson is that sometimes the harder the lesson the quicker you learn from it. In this case, I sure did.
Be happy and God bless you.